Tuesday, May 08, 2007

conversation with a 21 month-old


(At the playground this morning)

MICHELLE
Cal, it's pretty sunny. I think we should get some sunscreen on.

CAL
Opp. Dunn.

MICHELLE
Yes, we went up the slide, and then we came down.

CAL
(Tugging at shoes)
Tchoo.

MICHELLE
Are you trying to take your shoes off?

CAL
(Tugging)
Off.

MICHELLE
Well, let's sit for a while in the shade, and we can keep your shoes off.

(Large backhoe lumbers by outside the playground fence.)




CAL
(Eyes widening)
Cruck!

MICHELLE
Yeah, that's a big truck. A big yellow truck.

CAL
(Very excited)
Cruck! Cruck!

MICHELLE
There goes the truck!
(Backhoe rounds the corner, disappearing from view)


CAL
(Wistfully)
Bye bye cruck.

MICHELLE
Yeah, bye truck. But Cal, look, there's a bus!

CAL
Butt!

MICHELLE
A big white bus.

CAL
Wide butt!

MICHELLE
Ahem. And look, a blue car!

CAL
(Less impressed)
Coooow. (Redirecting attention) Tchoos.

MICHELLE
You want your shoes back on?

CAL
No no.

MICHELLE
No shoes?

CAL
Bye bye tchoo.

MICHELLE
Well, you can't just run around the playground with no shoes. There are pointy perils everywhere.

(Backhoe returns into view, inexplicably driving in circles around the block.)

CAL
(Extremely excited)
Cruck! Cruck!

MICHELLE
Is this supposed to be some hint for your birthday present? Because it's working.

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